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Man, 19, shot in the head fights for life in ECMC

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was fighting for his life Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after being shot in the head late Wednesday night on the 100 block of Hewitt Avenue, police said.

David Wallace was listed in critical condition.

Northeast District police officers, who responded to the shooting at about 11:40 p.m., arrested Marion D. McIlwain, 20, of Buffalo. He was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Two arrested in holdup of Amherst Street bank

Two Buffalo men who allegedly held up the KeyBank branch at 52 Amherst St. Thursday morning were arrested a short while later, Buffalo police said.

Gregory C. Eatmon Jr., 27, of Winslow Avenue, and Sheron Williams, 19, of St. Joseph Street, were charged with counts of robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon -- a .32-caliber handgun.

Police said the two were dressed in black hooded sweat shirts, black jeans and black sneakers. One passed a note to a teller, and both fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

"Quick work by responding Northwest District Police Officers Baudilio R. Rodriguez and David A. Poleon, along with Detectives Ellen Nowadly and Deborah Mulhern, resulted in the suspects being located and taken into custody without further incident," Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

Police said the suspects were found in a second-floor hallway of a house on Dearborn Street, where cash and a weapon believed to have been used in the holdup were recovered.

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Depew man pleads guilty in holdup of drugstore

LOCKPORT -- A Depew man will go to prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to taking part in the Oct. 18 armed robbery of a Lockport drugstore.

Thomas E. Grabski, 23, of Miller Street, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza committed to send Grabski to prison for no more than 10 years; the minimum sentence is 3 1/2 years. Sperrazza will set the length of the prison term June 23.

Grabski and co-defendant Brandon H. Walker, 20, of Cedar Brook Drive, Lancaster, were charged with stealing a quantity of the painkiller oxycodone -- but no money -- from the Rite Aid store at South Transit and Summit streets.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said store workers said they thought Grabski had a knife, but

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Two facing DWI charges following traffic stops

Drunken driving charges were lodged against two motorists by Erie County sheriff's deputies patroling various locations in the county.

In Clarence, John J. Massaro, 43, of Depew, was arrested after he was pulled over Wednesday at Sheridan Drive and Transit Road for unspecified infractions. Deputies said Massaro refused a breath test; because of a previous conviction in Amherst, he was charged with a felony count of of DWI.

A one-car crash Tuesday on the Seneca Nation Reservation resulted in the arrest of Ryan N. Leroy, 21, of Brant. Deputies said they found Leroy in a vehicle off the road near 12523 Route 438. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and unspecified traffic violations.

She refused to submit to chemical testing, deputies said, and was held in the county holding center until her arraignment in Brant Town Court.

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Traffic stop yields pair of drug arrests

State police Tuesday arrested two Buffalo men, one on drug charges and the other on two city bench warrants for drug charges, after a traffic stop on Best and Herman streets on the East Side.

The vehicle initially was stopped for excessive window tint and the passenger not wearing his seat belt. The troopers noticed a small ziplock baggie of marijuana on the floor between the passenger's seat and the door and also detected a strong odor of fresh marijuana, according to state police reports.

A search of passenger Eric G. Griffin, 23, revealed a large clear plastic bag containing more than four ounces of marijuana, police said. Inside the bag were four smaller bags containing a total of 70 bags of marijuana, police said. Griffin was arrested for fourth-degree marijuana possession and issued an appearance ticket for City Court on May 2.

The vehicle's driver, James M. Smith, 23, was wanted on two active Buffalo bench warrants for drug possession, false impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was charged with second-degree criminal Impersonation and taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

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Clothes dryer suspected in Town of Tonawanda fire

A short-circuit in an old clothes dryer was believed to have sparked a house fire on Cobb Street in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday night, police said.

The blaze broke out shortly before p.m. in a furnace room next to the kitchen, investigators said. A woman was treated for smoke inhalation, police added.

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